Liveblogging 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit-Day 2-John Swanson musician

At Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)Summit 2016, Day 2.

At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we are vitally concerned with the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). That’s why the “smart cities” movement worldwide is of interest to us, and an area in which we do research and development.

At the end of a long, serious program of social and economic development sessions, the ICF organizers treat the delegates to one of a series of “cultural and artistic presentations” scattered throughout the conference program.

Now on is singer John Swanson, playing acoustic guitar and singing.

John recommends Dick’s Den, as the best jazz in Columbus, Ohio.

The locals say there is a thriving arts scene in the city. Worth looking at and for, if you can find the time in your professional schedules.

JEG

Liveblogging 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit-Day 2–Keynote by Bob West

Now at Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)Summit 2016, Day 2.

At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we are vitally concerned with the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). That’s why the “smart cities” movement worldwide is of interest to us, and an area in which we do research and development.

Bob West, Managing Director, CareWorks Tech

Characteristics of Intelligent Cities:

  • Leverage technology
  • Efficient
  • Economical
  • Competitive
  • Attract and Retain Business
  • Inclusive Prosperity

Older model of security: Outside the wall is dangerous and bad, inside the wall is safe and good. West says that wasn’t true then, now even less–too simplistic a view for our own good, especially for cities and communities.

From a city perspective: access to systems, by whom, for what–these are the key security questions.

Security, like governance, should be built into everything you do in a city context.

They do lots of scenario planning. “What if?” exercises. It’s a comprehensive approach, involving everybody in the city administration.

Security Smart Cities site

htttp://securingsmartcities.org

Answer to Question: Five most important things in city computing security?

  1. Have security as part of governance
  2. Write security policy
  3. Make sure people know the policy (the problem is managing peoples’ behavior)
  4. What does my architecture look like; so what’s the security component of the architecture (must have a sound computing architecture; foundational, integrating security as part of the foundation)
  5. Be prepared to deal with security issues, and breaches–they will happen

Liveblogging 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit-Day 2–Top 7 (Intelligent Community) Session #2: Montreal

Back at Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)Summit 2016, Day 2.

At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we are vitally concerned with the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). That’s why the “smart cities” movement worldwide is of interest to us, and an area in which we do research and development.

Now the Top 7 (Intelligent Community) Session #2: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Robert Bell, Co-Founder of ICF, with Harout Chitilian, Vice President, Executive Committee, Montreal

Bell’s introduction: Montreal had many assets, yet its economic growth lagged Canada, and all the major cities in Canada. Then a new city administration, that streamlined 12 city departments down to four.

Chitilian: Montreal stressed in 2013, especially with backlash to corruption; had gone through three mayors in 16 months or so. Current visionary mayor Denis Coderre elected in 2013. Started strategy for smart city, with investments in innovation and human capital.

Bell: difference between collaboration and consultation; the joke is “consultation” means we ignore you, but look polite while we do it.

Chitilian: cultural celebration of 375 year anniversary of foundation of city. Montreal also funds many local development projects. Voted on 161 projects; many already done.

Response to question: what about affordable housing? Needs cooperation of city, provincial, federal governments. Goal to build almost 5000 affordable housing units; also work to regulate existing housing so as to combat slumlords.

 

Liveblogging 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit-Day 2–Cooperating Across Borders in the Metropolitan Area

Back at Intelligent Community Forum Summit 2016, Day 2.

At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we are vitally concerned with the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). That’s why the “smart cities” movement worldwide is of interest to us, and an area in which we do research and development.

Here is the session I’m covering now, with summary from the ICF conference program:

Cooperating Across Borders in the Metropolitan Area

Robert Bell, Co-Founder, ICF
Ben Blanquera, Vice President, Delivery and Experience, Columbus Collaboratory
Chris Murray, City Manager, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Paulo Manoel Protasio, Chairman, R3ZIS
Tom Weisner, Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, USA

In a global economy, scale is a competitive advantage. Midsize and small Intelligent Communities build scale by creating a cooperative ecosystem that extends across municipal and county boundaries. It reduces unproductive competition among neighbors, leverages local strengths, open external markets and attracts inward investment. A visionary approach to politics is needed to ease fears, align motives and inspire action, as well as share understanding of the opportunities available in the broadband economy. How do effective leaders bring this ecosystem into being?

In final words, the panelists are emphasizing the importance of leadership, not just of organizations and players in the space, but especially of the individuals who represent those groups.

Building relationships–and trust–are seen as crucial components. Amazing to me how often these complex issues come back to some fundamentals of leadership and professional relationships.

Liveblogging 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit in Columbus Ohio

I am back at the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) annual Summit. This year it’s being held in the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year, Columbus Ohio.

Previously the Summit conference was held in ICF’s homebase, New York City. Last year they began moving to the previous year’s winner, so held the Summit in the 2014 winner, Toronto, Canada.

The opening session is on International Economic & Business Development:

Keynote: International Economic & Business Development

Secrets of international development at the city and region level.

Moderated by Louis Zacharilla, Co-Founder, ICF

The mayors have different approach, yet all agree that the city will have the image that it sees for itself; if it is high on itself, that will be its image; if it has a poor sense of esteem, that will be its image.

Mayor Pisasale of Ipswich says “education is the key.”

New blogging at Center for Information & Communication Sciences

I have been following the new posts from a group of graduate scholars at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University.

We started the weblog community at the Center in 2003. We have used several platforms. Now we are on Word Press, at the address www.centerforics.org. This is the same address we’ve used before, although the original site was hacked and destroyed.

Now, especially through the leadership of the Center’s Technology Officer, Kirsten Smith, and CICS Graduate Assistant Morgan Crutcher, the web community is back up and operating.

I urge you to take a look at the work of the new Center bloggers. They are mainly posting on issues raised in our capstone course ICS 698: Research and Development Management + Technology Leadership.

There are excellent posts on R&D, and how managers and leaders can foster good work in research and development.

JEG